A year ago I launched my first Going the Distance interview with my friend, Troy Brady, and today I’m celebrating my 10th runner profile. In the year of talking to runners, I’ve learned everyone has a story to share that can inspire and challenge us in and out of our running shoes.
Mile after mile, as runners we overcome obstacles, gain courage, and ignite our passions—and it’s these forces that have translated so well in each interview. I’m grateful for those who have shared their story with such honesty, humility, and even humor. I encourage you to read through each interview—inspiration guaranteed.
I couldn’t have asked for a better runner than Meaghan to profile for my series milestone. While she may not know it, she’s been a virtual coach for me—a personal cheerleader. I’ve been in a slump recently and after getting to know Meaghan, I have a fresh perspective on running. She’s determined. She’s spirited. She’s confident. She loves running—and now her positive attitude is rubbing off on me and getting me back out on the trails. And something tells me you’ll find encouragement in her words, too.
Where do you live and train?
Right now Portland is my home base, but I love exploring our region and all the elements. We’re lucky to live in a place where it’s pretty even on the dreariest of days.
How long have you been running?
My mom and I joke I was running before birth—she was pregnant with me when she placed 5th at the Pac-10 Championships in 1987. I really started running in grade school and fell in love with it when I was 16. My high school coach (who happened to be my mom) challenged us to run for 80 minutes—no stopping! And so we went to Point Defiance Park in Tacoma, WA and ran around in the forest for 80 whole minutes. It was the best feeling to run with my teammates and to conquer such an obstacle.
How did you get interested in running?
To be quite honest, I joined my high school cross country team so I could see my mom everyday. She was my high school coach and she is my hero, my best friend, my everything. I found a passion and love for running and coaching from her. [Continue Reading]